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Blest Be the Tie that Binds

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Johann Hans Georg Nägeli

Johann Hans Georg Nägeli (arr. Fred J Allen)

General Info

Year: 1845 / 2018
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Unpublished
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact Fred J. Allen


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The theologian John Fawcett wrote the words to the hymn Blest Be the Tie that Binds in 1782. The melody currently used for the hymn was originally composed under the title Dennis by Johann Han Geog Nägeli, but Nägeli was only nine years old in 1782, so it is not clear to what tune Fawcett was writing. Lowell Mason arranged Dennis and first published it in The Psaltery (1845), a hymnal he compiled with George Webb. Mason attributed the tune to Nägeli but included no source reference.

- Program Note by Dave Strickler

This arrangement was made at the request of Christopher Clifton, director of the Carlisle High School Band, Price, Texas, to perform for their concert as the Texas Music Educators Association 2019 Class AA Honor Band. The song was a favorite of Mr. Clifton's and no previous band arrangement could be located. The melody is very simple and contains a lot of thirds, so the newly-composed part of this arrangement is based on thirds. Though the arrangement is tonal, it does contain enough borrowed chords to subvert some expectations listeners would have as to the harmonic scheme.

- Program Note by Fred J. Allen


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